California congressman Hunter set to plead responsible in marketing campaign finance case

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) arrives for a motions listening to in his upcoming marketing campaign financing trial at federal court docket in San Diego, California, U.S. July eight, 2019. Information/Mike Blake/File Picture

(Information) – U.S. Consultant Duncan Hunter, a California Republican, is scheduled to plead responsible on Tuesday to federal prices stemming from allegations that he and his spouse misused $250,000 in marketing campaign funds, court docket data confirmed on Monday.

A discover of a change-of-plea listening to, set for 10 a.m. PST on Monday in U.S. District Court docket in San Diego, was filed within the case docket with none additional documentation indicating particulars of a potential settlement with prosecutors.

The case towards Hunter, 42, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and an early supporter of President Donald Trump, is seen as giving a lift to Democrats’ bid to grab management of a historically Republican seat in California’s 50th Congressional District.

Hunter’s spouse, Margaret, pleaded responsible within the case in June. The congressman appeared to have blamed his spouse for misuse of marketing campaign funds in a Fox Information interview final 12 months, saying he had given his partner energy of legal professional whereas he was deployed to Iraq in 2003, and that she oversaw his marketing campaign funds.

The indictment returned towards the couple in 2018 accused them of utilizing his marketing campaign accounts to pay for his or her kids’s personal college tuition, lavish journey and costly meals at eating places.

It additionally alleged that the Hunters lied about how the cash was spent, with the couple saying it went to charity or marketing campaign occasions, whereas prosecutors stated it was spent on private bills.

Reporting by Steve Gorman in Culver Metropolis, Calif.; Modifying by Leslie Adler and Peter Cooney